First build Home/Office advise

Approximate Purchase Date:This week
Budget Range:@400-500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web browsing, email, running excel spreadsheets, skype videoconferencing

Parts Not Required:mouse, keyboard, speakers; will use existing monitor for now

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Would like to base on I3 CPU, midtower


SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: ???
Additional Comments: This is first homebuild for wife, #1 priority is reliability!!!! No gaming will be involved, I'm just tired of her whining about het old, run down Dell. Have chosen some components from newegg, looking to save as much $$$ as possible. Feedback, advise, criticism welcome. Looking for help with Mobo choice...not into a bunch of bios stuff, just want to be able to build a reliable unit for her that may have a little bit of "future-proof" in it.
Thanks for all the info I've gained from reading here...I'm about to go blind reading reviews of components and builds
Thanks again

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AL/RSBS LightScribe Support $19.99
Item #: N82E16827151236

Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811147023
-$10.00 Instant $49.99 $39.99

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148697

COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817171060
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339
Item #: N82E16820148347

GIGABYTE GA-Z68M-D2H LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128523
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
Item #: N82E16819115078
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy---------------$124.99
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  1. For an extra 20 get the Intel Core i3-2130 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz cpu. You'll be glad you did.
    This one???
    Is the gigabyte mobo a reliable model? Right now I'm at about 540.00
  3. yes, that cpu. As for the MB, you chose a good economical model.
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